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Padraig Harrington to miss Volvo PGA again

Ireland's Padraig Harrington will skip next week's Volvo PGA Championship for the second year in a row, in case another bad week at Wentworth erodes his confidence in the build-up to next month's U.S. Open.

"It definitely has had that effect in past years," the world number eight told reporters on Wednesday as he prepared for his title defence at this week's Tournament Players Championship of Europe.

"I think I need to bring a different game there. Relative to my performances in other tournaments, my performances there (at Wentworth) are disastrous.

"I've certainly missed more putts there than in any other event.

"Playing there's pointless at the moment. I want to have a lot of confidence in my game going there but the course just doesn't suit me at this time of the year," Harrington added.

"I hit the ball very high now, which is disastrous around Wentworth, it's like an incredibly swirling wind once you get the ball above the trees. And I struggle on the greens because I don't hit my putts firm enough."

Harrington is determined he will eventually return to the European Tour's flagship event.

"I view it as a real challenge and that's why I intend to go back," he said.

"But I go there every year and beat myself up for four days and it does nothing for my confidence."

The 32-year-old Dubliner played in Asia for two weeks before arriving in Germany, but is unfazed by his global schedule and the effects of jet-lag.

"I actually like jet-lag when I fly from east to west, it means I'm tired at night, sleep earlier, and wake up quite refreshed," said Harrington, whose wife Caroline gave birth to son Patrick late last year.

"At home, I'm awake at night and tired in the morning."

Harrington will play the first two rounds at St Leon-Rot in the company of 2001 U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen, the South African with whom he once had a much-publicised spat over slow play.

The third member of the trio is seven-times European number one Colin Montgomerie, who needs to stay in the world's top 50 by the end of next week's Volvo PGA Championship if he is to qualify for the U.S. Open.

The U.S. Open, the second of the year's four majors, will be played at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York from June 17 to 20.

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